Indigenous Australians are set to benefit from a new programme designed to promote greater diversity in the media sector.
Arts minister Simon Crean and Indigenous employment and economic development minister Julie Collins announced the delivery of a new AU$1.1 million work and training initiative that plans to create 40 new jobs for Indigenous Australians across newspapers, new media, film and television.
Mr Crean commented: "By investing to create new Indigenous employment opportunities in the media and screen industries, we're not only diversifying workplaces, but investing in protecting and sharing our culture with many generations to come."
He added that Australia is home to one of the oldest civilisations on the planet in the form of the Aboriginal people and it is now hoped the culture of this group can help inspire new art and expression in the nation's media.
According to the latest Australian census data from 2006, there are presently around half a million Aboriginal indigenous Australians residing across the country.
Posted by Steve Douglas